Swansea have already done it in style - reach mid-table in consecutive seasons and also win their first cup to stake a place in Europe. So the question is: why can't Southampton do it?

They probably can. Everton will be trying to adapt to the style of play of new manager Roberto Martinez and Swansea themselves will have to juggle Europe with the League. So now those places are up for grabs, and Southampton have already made some shrewd signings. 

Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren have been the only signings made at St Mary's, but they have been expensive and of high quality.

Wanyama ran riot against Barcelona in the Champions League proving his class and he was linked to many top clubs including Arsenal and even reigning champions Manchester United.

But he chose the Saints, and a midfield duo of Morgan Schneiderlin and Wanyama will be very difficult to handle. Lovren has also played in the Europa League for Lyon which means that they know what it takes to make the grade.

Mauricio Pochettino has already proved that he can manage in the Premier League. A squad that was formerly of Nigel Adkins was taken over by the Argentinian and he discovered the Saints full potential.

Romps against City and Chelsea have been beheld at St Mary's and a 3-1 victory is no mean feat.

So, he knows the squad and has drilled them well defensively and has improved on their attacking potential. For a team that was one of the favourites to be relegated back, a margin of five points shows that the squad is talented.

Rickie Lambert contributed 15 goals last season and Jay Rodriguez showed that he has the potential to contribute even more.

Record signing from last summer Gaston Ramirez will have learned lessons from last season and can only really improve his game. With this attacking core, Southampton will be raring to go and put goals past their opposition for fun.

The question remains, how will Southampton gain a Europa League spot next season? Could they gain a top-six finish or will they have to win a cup en route to European competition.

Clearly there are teams that have more quality than Southampton that will stake a claim for the Europa League; Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton. But Southampton could re-create Wigan's heroics and against all odds win the FA Cup, a competition that the giants in England don't seem to be able to win.

Or the Capital One Cup can provide Southampton with an opportunity to secure a spot, they are good enough.

No-one can predict the future, but Southampton are just as capable as anyone to gain a spot. 


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